Official AT&T Q&A Thread


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  1. Oridus

    Oridus Well-Known Member


    NC = $499

    I have heard of people getting special NC prices online though depending on your account.

    Log into your account online and see your contract date since you've already done the pre-order for it. Or call in to CS, and let us know what you find out.

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  2. Jus10

    Jus10 Well-Known Member


    Only place you can purchase equipment without an account is in retail locations unfortunatly.
  3. nb_mitch

    nb_mitch Well-Known Member

    But you can buy a device from almost anywhere "without a contract" and then cancel your at&t service immediately. They just aren't cheap.
  4. Jus10

    Jus10 Well-Known Member

    Marc can correct me if I'm wrong, but non contract lines can only happen on existing accounts if its done online or over the phone, otherwise you're getting atleast a 1year contract.
  5. MarcMaiden

    MarcMaiden Well-Known Member

    you can actually activate your own equipment under no contract. (i think thats what you guys are talking about)
  6. sween01

    sween01 New Member

    Marc, thanks for doing the Q&A here. It's very helpful.

    I'm ready to upgrade, and had been looking at a Captivate. Then, the new "4G" phones came out and I wasn't sure. I'm leaning toward still getting the Captivate, thinking that by time I'm ready for my next upgrade, that's when the HSPA+ will have fully rolled out, and LTE/HSPA+ phones will be available. Here is my concern:

    I have unlimited data, and I absolutely, positively want to keep it. If I get the Captivate, thereby not getting on a "4G" unlimited data plan now, do I face the possibility that I will miss a 4G unlimited data grandfathering cutoff date sometime before my next upgrade? History tells me that they might use LTE as a way of "un-grandfathering" people with unlimited data.
  7. MarcMaiden

    MarcMaiden Well-Known Member

    I really would advise you against the Captivate. (most people here would as well) Its a good phone with bugs and lack of support from samsung (and AT&T) If i were you, Id look at the inspire and atrix. I currently have the inspire and it works very well. Plus, $100 is hard to beat. The atrix comes out tuesday and is quite a power house of a phone with a lot of features. You cant go wrong with either the inspire or atrix, and both devices will allow you to keep your unlimited data.
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  8. jonhcox

    jonhcox Well-Known Member

    Marc,

    Just wanted to say thanks. Just walked out of my corp store with my Inspire and I was able to get a slightly better deal than the Exception Upgrade, which was fantastic. Appreciate the information!
  9. MarcMaiden

    MarcMaiden Well-Known Member

    glad it worked out for you buddy!
  10. mi04se1

    mi04se1 Well-Known Member

    I only had my Captivate for 6 months. Is there anyway to get the upgrade price instead of buying it off contract?
  11. Jus10

    Jus10 Well-Known Member

    I misunderstood. The way it sounded was that he was trying to purchase the phone with no account, which can only be done in COR stores... but he ws just meaning no contract on his account. duh Jus10!
  12. Jus10

    Jus10 Well-Known Member

    Not that I'm aware of, but I did hear Best Buy's buying back your cell phones and laptops and put the credit towards a new purchase. Don't know too many details on that though.

    You would have to have it for atleast a year for customer service to try an early upgrade.
  13. sween01

    sween01 New Member

    OK, thanks Marc. I'm a bit hesitant about the Inspire and Atrix because, based on what I've read so far, they don't seem to compare to the Captivate in terms of call quality and battery life, which are two of the most important factors to me.

    So, whether it be the Captivate or another non-4G phone, what do you think about the possibility of missing the unlimited 4G data boat? Should my grandfathered status be safe in 18-24 months, or do I face the possibility of a cutoff date before then? Thanks in advance!
  14. MarcMaiden

    MarcMaiden Well-Known Member

    I do not think there is a possibility of missing the 4g data boat. I think the only time AT&T might take unlimited away is when they launch LTE. So for now you are good my friend.

    If call quality and battery are your thing, get the atrix. Trust me you will not regret it. It has a similar feel to the captivate, the phone runs faster, comes with android 2.2 (which does make a huge difference in battery and performance), and the reviews have said the atrix call quality is very good. That being said, I own the inspire and while the battery gets "me" through the day, the heavy heavy usage will run you out before days end. The inspire is already out (as you already know) and the Atrix makes it debut on tuesday. I'd try em out side by side when it releases.
  15. mi04se1

    mi04se1 Well-Known Member

    If I buy say an Inspire off contract, what fees will I be charged? Would I have to pay an eft or any upgrade fees? I was doing the math on switching to VZW and getting a TB. I seen the phone is $299 with a 2 year contract plus the eft from ATT which puts it over $500. Even if I sell the Captivate, I will still owe aprox. $250-300.
  16. Jus10

    Jus10 Well-Known Member

    If there's no discounts off of the phone, then the only thing extra is sales tax. The only time you pay an axtra upgrade fee is with a one or two year upgrade discount applied.
  17. chgachet

    chgachet Active Member

    Hello Mark,
    I hope you can help me outI have been doing test after test of the data transfer on my new htc, not once I have reached 2000kps, 98% of the time I get between 500-700. I went to the corporate store, they gave me a "new sim card" that is the same look as what I had before.
    I called to customer service, they told me this morning that I need to switch to the $45.00 data plan for phone to work correctly, even thou I have unlimited data plan right now.
    Any ideas as to what I should do to get a decent speed on my htc?
    Thanks.
  18. Jus10

    Jus10 Well-Known Member

    I know you asked Mark, but I wanted to chime in ASAP so you're not responsible for extra data plan charges... the plan doesn't effect the speed, try to take that back down immediatley. The main reasons why you're not getting the best speeds on a device is either coverage, or network traffic, never rate plans. That's hogwash. If your speeds didn't increase after updating the SIM, it could be coverage. But if you know alot of people on iPhone, tell them to stop using so much data. Its a network hog, and frankly I wish more people took their iPhones to Verizon.
  19. chgachet

    chgachet Active Member



    Thanks s lot for your quick response...MY wife has a HTC aria and the speed on that unit is always close to 2000kps...mine 550, same time, same server city...
  20. mi04se1

    mi04se1 Well-Known Member

    I asked a rep on the ATT website and he said the same thing. I ended up buying the Inspire and got an email it shipped already and Ill recieve it on Wendsday.
  21. SS2006

    SS2006 Active Member

    Or form amazon wireless
    just got one for 599 :)
  22. SS2006

    SS2006 Active Member

    but I need to figure out how to unlock it :(
  23. Jus10

    Jus10 Well-Known Member

    I never use Amazon. So I didn't know. ;)
  24. MdX MaxX

    MdX MaxX Active Member

    Question: When I login to my AT&T wireless account online, it says that I will be eligible for a fully discounted upgrade on 7/26/11. Is this the end-all-be-all date for a full upgrade? Or is there a way I can get around this? I'm so anxious about the Atrix, and I really don't want to wait until August to get it.
  25. Jus10

    Jus10 Well-Known Member

    You may be able to qualify for an early upgrade. Call customer care, sometimes there's a bigger upgrade fee involved but if you don't want to wait that would be the way to do it.

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